Terms of the Trade: What Is Scribing?
Scribing comes in handy when you're working with a crooked wall or uneven piece of material that needs another piece attached to it. Many DIYers or craftsmen use the technique to fit cabinets, paneling, counters, moldings, etc. to crooked walls. By transferring the odd shape or profile with a pencil and/or compass, you can shave down or file off the extra material to make a tight and accurate fit.